Ecotherapy and Climate Conscious Therapy Training and Consultation for Mental Health Professionals. Series begins in September 2024.

Level I Group: A 10-session online group for mental health practitioners and other professionals seeking expert guidance and peer support for ecotherapy and climate-conscious therapy. A key value is Dr. Thomas Doherty’s integration of environmental psychology and adventure therapy concepts not covered in counseling or therapy programs.

The group meets weekly for 80 minutes, is presented in English, and is open to participants worldwide. 

Meetings include educational topics, case consultation, role-plays, self care activities, and tips for professional practice building. All slides and meeting recordings are available. No previous eco or climate therapy experience is required.

Level II Group: This group provides ongoing support and professional development for graduates of the Level 1 series, including practitioners, researchers and educators. Contact Dr. Doherty for details.

Dr. Doherty has now trained over a hundred practitioners from varied backgrounds, from the United States, Canada, the UK, Italy, Germany, India and Australia, to overwhelmingly positive feedback. 

Attendee Feedback:

 “… I just wanted to say thank you. I have been thoroughly enjoying the course and have found it very useful. I don’t want it to end so soon! It has been so affirming to have the topics and concepts that I have been thinking about and trying to research presented in a well-rounded and accessible way. Also to connect with others who care about this area, as it can be isolating. It has definitely helped give me some more perspective about how to sustainably manage my ‘practice map’.”

Spring 2022 Attendee

Contact Dr. Thomas Doherty to discuss how this group can help you.

Group Topics

Dr. Doherty presents topics that support effective mental health practice in a variety of settings:

  • Ethics for Ecotherapy and Climate-focused Counseling and Therapy
  • Healthy Expression of Emotions about Nature and the Environment
  • Developing Environmental Identity with a Multicultural and Justice Lens
  • Recognizing and Working with Diverse Environmental Values
  • Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change
  • Tools for Managing Eco-stress and anxiety (including practitioner self care)
  • Supporting Grief and Mourning
  • Family Influences and Parenting
  • Restorative Natural Settings and Providing Outdoor and Walking Therapy
  • Cognitive Scripts that Drive Eco-distress and How to Counter These
  • Adapting Commonly Used Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic and other Therapy Styles
  • Promoting Effective Environmental Actions and Climate Adaptation
  • Integrating the Arts, Spirituality and Psychedelic Experiences
  • Expert tips for facilitating public groups and climate cafes
  • Special considerations for hospital, university, and social service settings


September 2024 Cohorts (Dates TBD)

Contact Dr. Thomas Doherty for more information or to tailor a group for your organization.